Are Process Mashups Ready For Primetime?

Process mashups combine presentation data and processes into a single application for business users. Process mashups are meant to empower the business by making use of the data that is already available within the business. In this podcast Clay speaks about how companies are using process mashups and the emerging trends within the space.

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Software AG Announces IDS Scheer Acquisition: Is The Tail Wagging The Dog?

By Clay Richardson, Ken Vollmer, and Connie Moore

Only two years after acquiring webMethods, Software AG shakes up the BPM world once again with its announcement to acquire leading process modeling vendor IDS Scheer. Since the webMethods acquisition, Software AG has continued to push the envelope on combining solid human-centricandintegration-centric capabilities under a single vendor roof. With the IDS Scheer acquisition, Software AG is sending an indisputable and clear message to the market: We are a major BPM player, hear us roar! Or should it be, "hear us bark?"

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Software AG Announces IDS Scheer Acquisition: Is The Tail Wagging The Dog?

By Clay Richardson, Ken Vollmer, and Connie Moore

Only two years after acquiring webMethods, Software AG shakes up the BPM world once again with its announcement to acquire leading process modeling vendor IDS Scheer.  Since the webMethods acquisition, Software AG has continued to push the envelope on combining solid human-centric and integration-centric capabilities under a single vendor roof.  With the IDS Scheer acquisition, Software AG is sending an indisputable and clear message to the market:  "We are a major BPM player, hear us roar!"  Or should it be, "hear us bark?"

Big_dog In many ways IDS Scheer has more brand cachet in business process improvement circles than Software AG, leading us to wonder: Is the tail wagging the dog on this deal?  Is Software AG buying IDS Scheer, or is IDS Scheer really buying Software AG?  The truth is that Software AG is buying a global brand that has the potential to completely remake Software AG into a process improvement powerhouse.

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Balance Your Organization's Wants And Needs

I have been thinking lately about the differences between wants and needs and how they shape our lives. Most of us are pretty clear about what we want and go after it. What we need is a little less clear. Sometimes we know what we need but avoid it (“I want that chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream smothered in fudge sauce” versus “I need to lose some weight”) and sometimes we don’t know what we need and just let our wants drive us (I want to yell at my staff – so I do, but what I need to do is listen to them).

I think what drives many of EAs’ problems is not misalignment with organizational needs (though some of the more theoretical EAs certainly are misaligned as they seem to think architecture is the center of the universe). The real problem is not clearly understanding the difference between what an organization needs and what it wants and having the ability to manage the disparity between the two.

So what do organizations want? For the most part business units and the IT development teams that are aligned with them want to develop solutions that they are comfortable producing. This translates into using technologies and techniques they have been successful using in the past. EA wants them to do it differently and that difference always introduces risk. The risk may be real or imagined, but it doesn’t matter to the PM. Both are real to him. So bottom line, the organization wants to continue using the methods of the past because they are the best predictor of success they have.

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